Special Group To Join Ole Miss M-Club Hall of Fame in 2014
Sept. 5, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. – Six outstanding individuals that helped forge the success that Ole Miss Athletics enjoys today, will be honored with induction into the Ole Miss M-Club Hall of Fame this fall.
The 2014 class is headlined by the late Chucky Mullins, whose life and influence will be celebrated during the Ole Miss-Memphis football game weekend (Sept. 27), including the renaming of Coliseum Drive to Chucky Mullins Drive.
The other five members of the 2014 M-Club Hall of Fame Class include Julie Link Clark (volleyball, 1983-86), Armintie Price Herrington (basketball, 2003-07), Burney Hutchinson (baseball, 1999-2002), Ken Lucas (football, 1997-2000) and Chip Sullivan (golf, 1984-86).
The M-Club Alumni Chapter will also recognize former football player Larry Johnson (1961-63) with its Lotterhos Service Award. Established in 2008, this award is based on leadership, dedication, service and commitment to the M-Club.
The Chapter will host the annual M-Club Hall of Fame and Service Award Reception and Banquet for this year’s recipients on Friday, Sept. 26. The event will be held at The Inn at Ole Miss in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom. The reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.
Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please make your reservation by Sept. 19, via the Alumni Association’s website, www.olemissalumni.com/events.
The Hall of Fame recipients, along with former Chucky Mullins Courage Award winners, will be distinguished the next day at the Memphis game. The Rebel football team will honor Mullins’ memory by wearing his number 38 on its helmets.
As part of the weekend, funds will be raised for the Chucky Mullins Scholarship, which is awarded each year to students who either have a physical handicap or who have exceptional financial need. Over the last 10 years, 130 students have received the award.
Below are brief bios on the newest additions to the M-Club Hall of Fame:
Julie Link Clark (1983-86): Julie Link enjoyed an excellent career at Ole Miss, both on the volleyball court and in the classroom. The first Rebel to record 1,000 kills and digs, Link holds the school record for career kills in the sideout scoring era with 1,465 and ranks first in service aces (251) and block assists (309). An All-SEC honoree in 1986, Link still ranks fifth all-time in the SEC in service aces and sixth in block solos. She was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team in 1983 and 1985. The Kettering, Ohio, native helped lead the Rebels to a 98-58 record during her four years as a starter. Off the court, she was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1995 and 1986.
Armintie Price Herrington (2003-07): One of the all-time greats to suit up for Ole Miss Basketball, Armintie Price was a force to be reckoned with during her days in Oxford. The two-time team captain and two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year led the Rebels to the 2007 NCAA Elite Eight as a senior and received All-America accolades from Kodak/WBCA and ESPN.com. The Myrtle, Mississippi, native finished her career as one of only two women in NCAA history (along with USC’s Cheryl Miller, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) to amass 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists and 400 steals. She currently ranks third all-time at Ole Miss in career points (2,165), second in rebounds (1,198) and first in steals (403). After being selected third overall in the 2007 WNBA Draft, she earned Rookie of the Year honors and has enjoyed an eight-year pro career. She was an assistant coach at Ole Miss for three seasons from 2009-12.
Burney Hutchinson (1999-2002): A four-year letterman and two-time All-SEC outfielder for the Rebels, Burney Hutchinson became the first All-America selection of the Mike Bianco era when he was named a second-team selection by Baseball Weekly in 2001. Hutchinson helped power the Rebels to an NCAA Tournament appearance that season, scoring 69 runs – the third-most in a single season in program history – and is second on the career list for runs scored with 187. The Tupelo, Mississippi, native is also in the top five on the career list for doubles (51), RBI (167) and home runs (37), and is tied for first in career triples (14). Off the field, he was a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member.
Ken Lucas (1997-2000): One of the top defensive backs in college football, Ken Lucas earned first team All-America honors from Rivals.com in 2000 when he led the NCAA and set a school record with 30 passes defended. The Cleveland, Mississippi, native was also a first team All-SEC pick, while leading the Rebels with five interceptions that season. After playing in the 2001 Senior Bowl, Lucas was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft and enjoyed a nine-year pro career with the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers.
Chucky Mullins (1989): His influence on the football field was cut far too short, but the courage with which he faced life will never be forgotten. Chucky Mullins was paralyzed after making a tackle against Vanderbilt on Oct. 28, 1989, during his redshirt-freshman season. Mullins had proven himself as a hard worker and a valuable player at nickel back and had started making big plays on defense for the Rebels. But it would be his determination and courage for life after the injury that made a lasting impact. He was visited in the hospital by such dignitaries as President George H.W. Bush and was able to return to class at Ole Miss in January 1991. He suddenly stopped breathing and died in May 1991, but his memory lives on through the Chucky Mullins Courage Award, which is presented annually to an Ole Miss defensive player who wears Mullins’ retired No. 38 jersey in his honor.
Chip Sullivan (1984-86): A three-year letterman for the Rebels, Chip Sullivan competed in three straight NCAA Golf Championships during his time in Oxford and was a member of Ole Miss’ 1984 SEC Championship squad that earned the school’s first NCAA Championships appearance. Sullivan also earned All-SEC first team honors in 1986 en route to the SEC Championship individual title. He is one of only four Rebels in school history to claim an SEC individual title. After his time at Ole Miss, Sullivan won the 2007 PGA Club Professional National Championship and helped the United States reclaim the PGA Cup later that year. In the summer of 2008, he became the first reigning PGA Professional National Champion to compete in the Japan PGA Championship, where he tied for 18th. Since turning professional in 1987, Sullivan played on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour and has won more than 80 PGA-sanctioned events. Only one Ole Miss alum (Dr. Cary Middlecoff) played in more golf majors than Sullivan's six appearances.
Lotterhos Service Award Recipient:
Larry Johnson: A three-year letterman on the Ole Miss football team from 1961-63, Larry Johnson has been a pillar in his community since graduating from the University. The first in his family to attend college, he earned two degrees from Ole Miss – a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Business. In addition to helping the Rebels go 26-3-2 with a pair of SEC titles and a share of a national title in his three seasons as a player, he was also involved on campus as president of the student M-Club and vice president of his social fraternity. As a distinguished ROTC graduate, he received a commission in the U.S. Army and served one year in Vietnam. As an alumnus, Johnson has been active in giving his time and money to Ole Miss and the M-Club. Among his many efforts, he helped develop the idea and execution of the “Walk of Champions” and established a scholarship endowment with more than $103,000. He was an executive with BellSouth for 33 years before retiring in 2000.
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